The Moment

Scott Frank Talks Shaker, Screenwriting, and Godless

A book and a script, both more than 15 years in the making, finally bear fruit for this veteran writer.

Scott Frank
Scott Frank.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Scott Frank, a screenwriter best known for movies such as Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, and A Walk Among the Tombstones. Scott’s new novel, Shaker, is written in the same vein as Elmore Leonard’s finest books and is out now. This week, Brian and Scott discuss the story of how Shaker came to be after more than 20 years (1:05) and why he has never had a better experience in the arts (56:31). Plus, Scott talks about how he manages a creative collaboration (13:53), battles his writing fears (36:23), and how things are finally lining up on his longtime pet project, Godless (59:30).


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Podcast production by Jayson De Leon.